Out and about: Things to see and places to be this weekend

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Given the weather, the first part of the weekend might be less about being out and about and more about staying in, but still there should be a few diversions worth checking out once the snow has moved on through.

First, there are some postponed events because of the weather. The performance of Rhonda Denet and the Bad Cats scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 at Danbury’s Palace Theatre has been postponed. And the Danbury Museum’s Valentine’s Day Cake Creation Celebration will get cooking on Feb. 23.

Also, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack, which was set to perform at Waterbury’s Palace Theatre, Friday, Feb. 8, has been postponed (new date and time May 2, 7:30 p.m.), as has The Pink Floyd Experience, which was set for Feb. 9 at the theater (now Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.) And, a Smooth Jazz Affair, set for Saturday night, will now swing at 6 p.m., Feb. 22. Tonight’s Martin Sexton performance at the Fairfield Theatre Company also has been postponed.

The Makers Forum set for Saturday at the Westport Public Library has been postponed, though a new date has yet to be determined. The Voices of Poetry event at the Bank Street Coffee House in New Milford has been moved from Saturday, Feb. 9, to Saturday, Feb. 16.

For those who are hard-core about their entertainment, I’d suggest calling ahead or checking the websites if you are headed out this weekend. Even today, as I was checking to update the schedule, the weather (and its inherent uncertainty) was making it hard for organizers to determine whether to postpone or go on with their events. Whatever you do, be safe out there!

So far, the Chili Winter Warm Up in Danbury still plans to warm things up Sunday at the Danbury Ice Arena, Black Rock Rocks still plans to bring a taste of Mardi Gras to the Park City (organizers say they will assess the situation by Saturday morning and post updates to their website and Facebook).

Fans of Bon Jovi know a little snow won’t keep these rockers from taking to the stage. The band’s Feb. 9 show at Mohegan Sun is scheduled to kick off as planned, though you can check here throughout the day today and tomorrow to see if anything changes. Tenor Alek Shrader will give a free afternoon performance at the Pequot Library as part of the Young Persons’ Concert and The Kerry Boys will be bringing some Irish-flavored music to the Westport Public Library on Sunday. That is the same day “A Family Concert of Caring, Healing and Togetherness” will be performed in Ridgefield.

The Towne Crier in Pawling has several events coming up this weekend, including Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson and the Magic Rockers on Saturday, Feb. 9, and Jeffery Broussard on Sunday, Feb. 9, for an annual Mardi Gras celebration. And, you can still catch a laugh at Foxwoods with “Last Comic Standing” winner Alonzo Bodden.

Once the snow settles, you may want to check out the work of painter Stanley Meltzoff, which is featured in a show at the Bruce Musuem (where Chinasaurs also recently opened.) And, the artists of the St. Philip Artists’ Guild, will be hosting their first Valentine’s Day-themed art show from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. That is the same day Junie B. Jones is set to hit the stage in Westport.

And, later in the week, author Nicholas Sparks will be the featured speaker at Sacred Heart University’s Students Affairs Lecture.

Stay safe and keep warm.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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